Best Streaming TV Services Compared
Are you sick and tired of paying excessive monthly fees from content provided by Cable TV and Satellite companies? Why not turn on one of these streaming TV services instead as a reasonable alternative.
Streaming TV completely frees you from expensive cable TV subscriptions and lets you watch your content from a variety of devices. Choose from media streamers like Roku to watch TV directly from the Internet on your TV. Take your content with you and stream TV shows and movies on your computer, smart phone or tablet.
These are some of the top streaming TV services today:
Netflix - Still the Most Popular
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Hulu - Best for Watching Current TV Shows
You can still watch Hulu free on your computer. If you have a media streamer it requires an account. The paid version offers a much wider selection of content. This paid streaming service used to be called Hulu Plus and has been getting much better lately. Many studios have chosen to partner with Hulu and as early as next year, they will also offer live TV streaming as well but. But the price rumored to be near $40 for this package alone, may be a bit excessive for many cord cutters.
Hulu offers several plans that start at $7.99 a month. This plan contains ads, if you want to experience Hulu completely ad free their next plan is $11.99 a month. Try either plan for one week Free.
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Amazon Video - Now with Monthly Plans
Amazon Video is $99 per year and includes Prime which offer books and music as well as a large selection of video content. Amazon Video is now available stand alone for $8.99/month with no free shipping. Netflix has some great original content series plus a large selection of movies. If you buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, their free two-day shipping and borrowing one free Kindle book a month can pay for itself in no time. Currently there is still no app for Amazon yet on the Apple TV. Although it will work with Roku, on an iPad, Amazon Fire TV, or with a computer using a web browser.
Amazon Prime Video currently has over 60 add-ons available in addition to their Prime Video service. They can be subscribed to individually and cost anywhere from $2.99 to $8.99/month.
These are: AcaciaTV, Acorn TV, CONtv, CINEFEST, Comedy Central Stand-Up Plus, CuriosityStream, Daring Docs, Doc Club, Docurama, Dove Channel, Dox, DramaFever Instant, Gaia, HooplaKidz, Lifetime Movie Club. Plus 45 More! Click here to see pricing and more info on them all.
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Sling TV: Best for Sports
Try Sling TV and watch it free for 7/days.
Sony Playstation Vue: Tons of Cable Channels
Vue has a ton of channels including Fox News. Other channels included are: AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Diy Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Esquire Network, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, FREEFORM, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic Channel, NBCSN, Nick jr., nickelodeon, nickTOONS, OWN, Oxygen, Pop, SCI, Spike, Syfy, tbs, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, Tru TV, TVLAND, USA, VH1, and WE.
Here is how Vue compares to Sling TV.
SFN TV Now - New Service That Offers Great Streaming TV
Southern Fibernet is a newer streaming TV service that recently launched. It has probably one of the best selection of true a la carte streaming services available. Here is a full listing of their channels and packages. They offer apps for Android and Roku so you can cut the cord and still watch your favorite cable channels. Prices start as low as $5/month for their Faith Channel Package and go up from there. If you have a Roku, these Faith channels are free and there are so many, this is probably the last package you would need to subscribe to. SFN TV's largest package has over 100 channels and costs $59.99/month. Their service also comes with an online DVR for time shifting your favorite shows and jumping through commercials.
Click here to try a Free 7/day Trial!
USTVNow - Another Great Streaming Service with Network Channels
USTVNow has been around for a while as a Roku channel, a Kodi Addon or viewable from a web browser on a computer. Their basic Network Channels are broadcast from the Eastern Time Zone free forever with Kodi on an Android media streamer or on your computer in SD quality. Their Roku channel only works for 45 Days and then you must re-register. to extend it again. They are also offering a special 4 Month Promo of their HD package which contains "28 Cream of the Crop Channels." The first 4 Month cost only $19. Then the price is $29/month. Signing up is a little tricky, and we added more detailed instructions below.
Click here for USTVNow Sign Up Instructions
ISIA - iStreamItAll
This streaming service offers a nice selection of content with movies and newer TV shows. Once in a while they offer a special promo which lets you save money over their regular pricing. Follow the Roku Rocks FB group as any special promos are almost always announced there. ISIA currently has over 1400 TV Series, 3500 Movies, and current TV series which are updated daily. Their streaming service works on most devices including Roku, Chromecast, Android, iOS, AppleTV (Airplay), PC & Mac, SmartTV's, or anything with a web browser. Price is $15.99/month with discounts for signing up for longer periods of time.
Click here for a 7/day Free Trial
Another New Streaming Service Coming Soon: VidGo
SHOWTIME: Stand Alone Movies and Shows
Already have Hulu? Now you add SHOWTIME for $8.99 per month and no cable account is needed. You can also subscribe to SHOWTIME directly on your Roku for $10.90 per month.
HBO Now: Stand Alone Movies and Shows
HBO Now is currently $14.99 per month. "Game of Thrones" without cable alone will make it worth it for some! HBO has some other great original TV series that are very good. If you have a Roku can add this channel and get a free trial here.
FREE Streaming: Network TV and Movie Channels
Just click the green button at the bottom of the page and you will have direct links to channels like: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Fox plus Movie channels and so much more.